Playwright Noah Haidle was in the audience on First Night of Smokefall, Friday, April 5, to hear the cheers for the world premiere of his touching play, a reflection on the mystery of life.
The cheers were led by Wylie Aitken, Honorary Producer with his wife Bette, who said, “Stunning... So stunning, I'm speechless. Bette and I are huge fans [of Noah Haidle].” Haidle and the Aitkens paused in the lobby with other First Nighters for a taste of apple pie and cider before continuing on to the Cast Party.
Hosted by the play’s restaurant sponsor, Antonello Ristorante in South Coast Village, the post-production event was another big hit. Sipping prosecco—or the signature drink Apple-tini—playgoers sampled pasta and Italian hors d’oeuvres as they chatted about the inventive new play, Haidle’s fourth at SCR, and congratulated the playwright, the artists and the Aitkens, who happily partied the evening away at one of their favorite restaurants.
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